Moelfre's RNLI all-weather lifeboat and its volunteer crew were tasked to an incident at 3pm on Saturday afternoon after Holyhead coastguard received a call from a broken down dive vessel close to rocks near Anglesey’s Wylfa Power station
The volunteer crew from Moelfre under the command of Deputy Second Coxswain Martin Jones prepared the lifeboat for sea and were underway within 10 minutes of receiving the emergency call.
Once in the location of Wylfa Head the crew spotted the 5.5m dive vessel within 20 meters of the rocky shoreline. The occupants of the dive vessel had managed to secure their boat by deploying the boat's anchor. They had suffered engine failure and intermittent electrical issues. Due to the shallow and rocky surroundings, Coxswain Jones requested the volunteer crew to prepare a towline on the bow of Moelfre RNLI's Tamar class lifeboat Kiwi. The towline was quickly secured and the dive boat pulled clear of the rocks.
The dive vessel and its occupants, from the Cheshire area, were taken to Bull Bay and handed over to the Cemaes Coastguard Rescue Team.
Martin Jones said: ‘Thanks to our volunteer crew’s quick response, we were able to get on scene quickly and prevent any further complications due to the vessel's surroundings. Two of our junior crew came into their own on this particular rescue.
'As with the rest of our volunteer crew, their commitment to training and responding to incidents such as these really paid off’.'
Notes to editors:
The attached video shows Moelfre RNLI lifeboat crew volunteers launching and attaching a towline to the stricken dive vessel off Wylfa Power Station. Credit RNLI.
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